ERYN SHEWELL to Perform at Soulsational Festival (July 29, 2017)

On July 29th from 11am to 8pm, Soulsational Festival will be celebrating music and wellness for its 7th year at Veterans Park in Bayville, NJ.  This free community event will feature "live music, local health and wellness businesses and practitioners, giveaways, a silent auction, and lots of opportunities to give back and unite the Jersey Shore community."  One of the event's live music acts is singer and songwriter ERYN SHEWELL.  Enjoy this interview with Eryn, below: 

What's your name, where are you from, where are you based now, and what do you do?

My name is Eryn.  I am originally from Maryland, but I am based in NJ now.  I am a Retropop singer and songwriter. 

What's your background? What would you like people to know about you & your work? 

Eryn has developed a reputation as one of the premier up and coming voices on the scene today. Originally from MD and now living in NJ, Eryn's style is heavily influenced by the musical traditions of the south.  

Eryn's respect for the traditions of Jazz, Blues and Country fused with her modern Retropop style and brought together by her incredible vocal ability has been said to give even the most hardened critic chills.

She has recorded and shared the stage with artists such as Gregg Allman, Don McClean, Gin Blossoms, Johnny Winter, Robert Cray, Little River Band, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Marsha Ball, Eric Lindell, Sonny Landreth, Steve Ferrone, Bernard Purdy, and many more.

How did you hear about Soulsational? What can we expect to see/hear at the festival, and what are you personally most looking forward to? 

I heard about the festival via a friend.  I will be playing a mix of my original songs mixed with a couple covers as an acoustic trio.  I am looking forward to listening to all the other amazing talent on the bill that day.  

How can people connect with you online? Do you have a website? Are you on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, etc.? 

My website is www.Eryn.band.  You can find me under the name ERYN or ERYN SHEWELL on all social media. 

JULIAN FULTON AND THE ZOMBIE GOSPEL to Perform at Soulsational Festival (July 29, 2017)

On July 29th from 11am to 8pm, Soulsational Festival will be celebrating music and wellness for its 7th year at Veterans Park in Bayville, NJ.  This free community event will feature "live music, local health and wellness businesses and practitioners, giveaways, a silent auction, and lots of opportunities to give back and unite the Jersey Shore community." One of the event's live music acts will be JULIAN FULTON AND THE ZOMBIE GOSPEL.  Enjoy this interview with Julian Fulton (songwriter/multi-instrumentalist), below: 

What's your name, where are you from, where are you based now, and what do you do?

My name is Julian Fulton.  I'm from and currently live in New Jersey, and I'm a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

What's your background? What would you like people to know about you & your work? 

I grew up in a big family of very animated and creative people.  That's definitely had a huge impact on me, as I've been involved in art and music since a very young age, and they've been my biggest supporters along the way.

How did you hear about Soulsational? What can we expect to see/hear at the festival, and what are you personally most looking forward to? 

I actually played Soulsational with The Zombie Gospel back in 2014.  Everyone can expect to hear us play some new, old, and unreleased songs and probably sweat a lot along the way.  We're looking forward to sharing our music with festival-goers again and taking in all the music and activities offered by Soulsational.

How can people connect with you online? 

http://julianfulton.com
http://julianfulton.bandcamp.com
http://soundcloud.com/julianfulton
http://facebook.com/julianfulton
http://instagram.com/julianfulton
http://twitter.com/julian_fulton
http://youtube.com/julianfulton
https://play.spotify.com/artist/3uhHYU7D4t9nUU843IDhS6?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

Julian Fulton (and The Zombie Gospel)
JulianFulton.com | Bandcamp | Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter

JOSHUA VAN NESS to Perform at Soulsational Festival (July 29, 2017)

On July 29th from 11am to 8pm, Soulsational Festival will be celebrating music and wellness for its 7th year at Veterans Park in Bayville, NJ.  This free community event will feature "live music, local health and wellness businesses and practitioners, giveaways, a silent auction, and lots of opportunities to give back and unite the Jersey Shore community."  One of the event's live music acts is singer/songwriter, guitarist, and drummer JOSHUA VAN NESS.  Enjoy this interview with Joshua, below: 

What's your name, where are you from, where are you based now, and what do you do? 

My name is Joshua Van Ness, born in Somerville, NJ currently living in East Brunswick, NJ.  I am a singer/songwriter, guitarist and drummer. 

What's your background? What would you like people to know about you & your work? 

I've been making music since my teens.  I've been fortunate enough to tour this great country on several occasions.  While I really enjoying writing and recording, I truly live for performance.  I love being able to connect with people on some sort of intangible line or wave length even if it is just for a moment.

I call my music "soulrock."  My music tends to be of the rock/pop nature, but everything I do, I try to inject at least a hint of soul into it.

How did you hear about Soulsational? What can we expect to see/hear at the festival, and what are you personally most looking forward to? 

I first heard of the Soulsational festival I think 3 summers ago.  This will be my second year in a row playing the festival.  Last year's event was just incredible!  Great live music, awesome food, a great mix of vendors, and a lot of cool activities for families.  I am really excited for this year's line up of performers.  

How can people connect with you online? Do you have a website? Are you on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, etc.? 

I invite people to connect with me on Facebook.  (I use a personal page.  You can search "Joshua Van Ness," I will be the guy with the guitar and hat.)  You can also catch me on Instagram  www.instagram.com/Joshuavannessmusic or on Twitter www.twitter.com/joshuaJvanness.

QUINCY MUMFORD & THE REASON WHY to Perform at Soulsational Festival (July 29, 2017)

On July 29th from 11am to 8pm, Soulsational Festival will be celebrating music and wellness for its 7th year at Veterans Park in Bayville, NJ.  This free community event will feature "live music, local health and wellness businesses and practitioners, giveaways, a silent auction, and lots of opportunities to give back and unite the Jersey Shore community."  One of the event's live music acts is QUINCY MUMFORD & THE REASON WHY.  Enjoy this interview with frontman / guitarist Quincy Mumford, below: 

What's your name, where are you from, where are you based now, and what do you do? 

My name is Quincy Mumford.  I am a singer-songwriter, guitar player, and front man of Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why.  I grew up in West Allenhurst, NJ and now am based one town over in Asbury Park.

What's your background? What would you like people to know about you & your work? 

I am 25 and have been writing, performing and putting out records since age 16.  I like to create authentic funky positive music.  My goal with each new song and project is to write music that soothes the soul and makes you feel lifted.  So far, each record has a different vibe and different message, as I am always trying to evolve my sound.  Check out my latest release "State of Mind" on Spotify

How did you hear about Soulsational? What can we expect to see/hear at the festival, and what are you personally most looking forward to? 

I have seen the posters around over the years for Soulsational.  It always seemed like a really cool festival.  I am glad they asked us to play this year!  I am looking forward to getting funky and making people dance, along with seeing some of my friends in the other groups playing. 

How can people connect with you online? Do you have a website? Are you on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, etc.? 

Quincymumford.com
facebook.com/quincymumford
Instagram: @quincymumford
Twitter: @quincymumf
Spotify

HONEY SPOT BLVD to Perform at Soulsational Festival (July 29, 2017)

On July 29th from 11am to 8pm, Soulsational Festival will be celebrating music and wellness for its 7th year at Veterans Park in Bayville, NJ.  This free community event will feature "live music, local health and wellness businesses and practitioners, giveaways, a silent auction, and lots of opportunities to give back and unite the Jersey Shore community."  One of the event's live music acts is HONEY SPOT BLVD.  Enjoy this interview with Jessica Paris (Guitar / Vocals / Flute), below: 

What's your name, where are you from, where are you based now, and what do you do? 

My name is Jessica Paris, and I’m in Honey Spot Blvd.  We are based out of Hamilton, NJ.  I play guitar, flute, (sometimes drums) and sing.  Other members include Bill Wieszczek (guitar & vocals), Terry Crawford (bass), and Rusty DiPasquale (drums & vocals).  We play mostly originals with a few covers, and we have a domino addiction.  After we practice, we play at least 2 rounds of dominoes before we’re officially done for the night.

What's your background? What would you like people to know about you & your work? 

The band has been together for 15 years.  We genuinely enjoy each others company.  We have 2 band CDs that range in style from rock, funk, pop and blues – we even have rap on our CDs.  Of course we’re not the one's rapping - that would be terrible and we would owe a lot of money back to people for trauma if that were the case.  Rusty’s son, Salvatore, is actually a really good rapper who makes the appearance on the CDs and even at our live shows.  We’re just a fun band with catchy tunes.

How did you hear about Soulsational? What can we expect to see/hear at the festival, and what are you personally most looking forward to? 

The festival-goers are all super friendly.  A few of us carried around a “Free Hugs” sign.  Giving strangers genuine hugs, that human contact, was amazing.  And all the music between the Pavilion and the main stage was wonderful to listen to.  I discovered and followed a few people that I had never heard of until Soulsational.  I look forward to discovering more people and bands to follow!

How can people connect with you online? Do you have a website? Are you on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, etc.? 

http://honeyspotblvd.com/
www.jessicaparis.com
https://www.facebook.com/JessicaParisMusicArt/
www.instagram.com/jessicaparismusic

KEITH EGAN to Perform at Soulsational Festival (July 29, 2017)

On July 29th from 11am to 8pm, Soulsational Festival will be celebrating music and wellness for its 7th year at Veterans Park in Bayville, NJ.  This free community event will feature "live music, local health and wellness businesses and practitioners, giveaways, a silent auction, and lots of opportunities to give back and unite the Jersey Shore community."  One of the event's live music acts is singer-songwriter/recording artist KEITH EGAN.  Enjoy this interview with Keith, below: 

What's your name, where are you from, where are you based now, and what do you do? 

My name is Keith Egan, I'm from Tinton Falls, NJ, and I am a singer-songwriter/recording artist.

What's your background? What would you like people to know about you & your work? 

I've been singing and playing guitar my whole life and making progress along the way.  After starting to play gigs at the age of 13, I've played more and larger shows and have written more songs than before, leading to the recording of my first EP titled, Come Along, and my album that came out July 14th, The Best Is Yet To Come.  I try to make positive music that's catchy and enjoyable for anyone and everyone.  My songwriting has developed a lot, and I'm excited to keep going with it.

How did you hear about Soulsational? What can we expect to see/hear at the festival, and what are you personally most looking forward to? 

I heard about Soulsational last year through some of my friends that played the event and knew through their pitch of positivity and acceptance that it was something I wanted to be a part of.  I know the acts are going to be great from my experience hearing them, and I expect to hear a lot of uplifting and great songs from amazing artists. 

How can people connect with you online? Do you have a website? Are you on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, etc.? 

I'm available on Facebook as Keith Egan Music, and people can find my brand new record and other previous projects by searching for me by name on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Bandcamp and more.  I'm also going to be launching my website this week. 

JO MARIE & THE COMPANY to Perform at Soulsational Festival (July 29, 2017)

On July 29th from 11am to 8pm, Soulsational Festival will be celebrating music and wellness for its 7th year at Veterans Park in Bayville, NJ.  This free community event will feature "live music, local health and wellness businesses and practitioners, giveaways, a silent auction, and lots of opportunities to give back and unite the Jersey Shore community."  One of the event's live music acts is JO MARIE & THE COMPANY.  Enjoy this interview with vocalist Jo Marie, below: 

What's your name, where are you from, where are you based now, and what do you do? 

My name is Johnna Marie but I go by Jo, and I'm from Red Bank, NJ.  I am mostly known as a background vocalist for bands and artists like The Jody Joseph Band, Matthew Stephen and the Sweet ActionThe Taylor Tote Band, The Keith Egan Band, Revelation Band, RB3, Jeremy Adam (and more) and I am the lead vocalist for my band JO MARIE & THE COMPANY.  Additionally, I am a full time studio photographer, and I volunteer for Heartstrings Non-Profit.

What's your background? What would you like people to know about you & your work? 

I work for the Jody Joseph Music Company as a junior instructor.  She was my mentor for 10 years, and now I have the pleasure of teaching others to do what I love!

I've been performing since the age of 7, and it all started with Jody Joseph Bongiovi.  From there, I went to college and was a performance major, and now I get to bring those skills to others both on and off stage.  I think my passion for performing is so deeply rooted because it began at such a young age, that when I teach it's like the spark lights up all over again!  Music is a beautiful and powerful healing agent for anyone, anywhere, anytime and giving that to someone is such a gift.

How did you hear about Soulsational? What can we expect to see/hear at the festival, and what are you personally most looking forward to? 

I heard about Soulsational last summer when I was working as a promoter with Dave Mooney!  I met with Gina and was given a slot on the pavilion stage and it was such a fun time!  This year, my band (Julian Michalski of Pepperwine, Nick Ryan, Anthony Flora and Michael Squillace) are featured in SOULSTOCK - a flashback to Woodstock 69'.  All of our songs are going to be straight from the bands who played Woodstock that year (except for one surprise song).  I could not be more excited!  There's so many people on that original line-up that have influenced me as a performer - I can't wait to sing some of these songs for the first time!  We hit the field stage at 2:20 PM.  I'm also super excited to see some local friends on the pavilion stage as well.  It's going to be a good one!

How can people connect with you online? Do you have a website? Are you on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, etc.? 

The easiest ways to connect online are:
Instagram: @johnnathegiant
Facebook: facebook.com/johnnamariemusic or by searching "Jo Marie."

I'm totally into social media so please feel free to add, follow or drop a line!  See ya at Soulsational! 

DAVE MOONEY to Perform at Soulsational Festival (July 29, 2017)

On July 29th from 11am to 8pm, Soulsational Festival will be celebrating music and wellness for its 7th year at Veterans Park in Bayville, NJ.  This free community event will feature "live music, local health and wellness businesses and practitioners, giveaways, a silent auction, and lots of opportunities to give back and unite the Jersey Shore community." One of the event's live music acts will be singer/songwriter DAVE MOONEY.  Enjoy this interview with DAVE, below: 

What's your name, where are you from, where are you based now, and what do you do? 

My name is Dave Mooney.  I’m a singer/songwriter from Spotswood, New Jersey, born and raised.  As a way to supplement my income until I can really break in the music scene, I work as a high school English teacher.

What's your background? What would you like people to know about you & your work? 

My music is a mix of old and new, heavily influenced by classic artists such as The Beatles and Billy Joel but also more modern artists such as Jack White and Arctic Monkeys.

How did you hear about Soulsational? What can we expect to see/hear at the festival, and what are you personally most looking forward to? 

My media rep, Johnna Orrico, actually set me up with the Soulsational festival, and I had a great time last year, and I was fortunate to be asked back this year.  This year, I will be performing an acoustic set, but I can be found throughout the area performing with my backing band, The Aztec Gypsy.

How can people connect with you online? Do you have a website? Are you on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, etc.? 

I can be found on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and on Bandcamp at DaveMooney.Bandcamp.com.  I also have a bi-monthly newsletter through my mailing list at DaveMooneyMusic.com, and I am most prominently on Facebook at facebook.com/davemooneymusic and Instagram @MooneyMusicOfficial.

ATLAS BLOOM to Perform at Soulsational Festival (July 29, 2017)

On July 29th from 11am to 8pm, Soulsational Festival will be celebrating music and wellness for its 7th year at Veterans Park in Bayville, NJ.  This free community event will feature "live music, local health and wellness businesses and practitioners, giveaways, a silent auction, and lots of opportunities to give back and unite the Jersey Shore community."  One of this year's live music acts will be ATLAS BLOOM.  Enjoy this interview with Andrew Funcheon (Vocals / Drums / Piano), below: 

What's your name, where are you from, where are you based now, and what do you do? 

My name is Andrew Funcheon, and I grew up in central New Jersey with my bandmates Eric Tapper and Josh November.  We are now based primarily in New York City but tour regularly around the Eastern U.S. and Canada.  We all got our start playing in New Jersey, and now that we are out of college, we are all musicians full time.  Outside of Atlas Bloom, we each teach private music lessons on our instruments and perform with other musical groups when we can. 

What's your background? What would you like people to know about you & your work? 

I grew up playing a mixture of rock music and classical music, and ended up getting my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Percussion Performance at Juilliard.  I still regularly perform and teach classical music but have made playing in Atlas Bloom a huge priority in these last few years.  People should know that we as a band try to bring a high level of musicianship to all of our performances and recordings, and that we try to push ourselves to make music that is both challenging and expressive.

How did you hear about Soulsational? What can we expect to see/hear at the festival, and what are you personally most looking forward to? 

I performed at Soulsational 2016 as the drummer in another band, Foxanne.  This year, I’m excited to be bringing a special version of Atlas Bloom to Soulsational.  For the first time, I’ll be performing Atlas Bloom songs solo on keyboard and vocals.  I’m looking forward to that new experience, as well as taking in the fun ambiance of the festival again. 

How can people connect with you online? Do you have a website? Are you on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, etc.? 

The best way for people to connect with Atlas Bloom is on Facebook and Instagram, both @atlasbloom.  If you like us on FB and follow us on Instagram, you’ll hear about our tours and new releases, as well as get a window into our day to day life as a band.  

JASON PORTIZO, Sound Tech at Soulsational Festival (July 29, 2017)

On July 29th from 11am to 8pm, Soulsational Festival will be celebrating music and wellness for its 7th year at Veterans Park in Bayville, NJ.  This free community event will feature "live music, local health and wellness businesses and practitioners, giveaways, a silent auction, and lots of opportunities to give back and unite the Jersey Shore community."  The sound technician for Soulsational's pavilion stage this year is JASON PORTIZO.  Enjoy this interview with Jason below: 

Photo by Jeff Crespi.

Photo by Jeff Crespi.

What's your name, where are you from, where are you based now, and what do you do? 

My name is Jason Portizo.  I'm a musician and sound engineer, making my full-time living as an in-house and freelance audio tech.  I'm a NJ native born in Bergen County, lived most of my life in Ocean County and recently just moved to Asbury Park to be closer to where the audio work is. 

What's your background? What would you like people to know about you & your work? 

My background includes work as a guitar instructor, studio engineer, live engineer, and performer with some side work as an event emcee and DJ.  I've been a freelance guitar instructor for 14 years now.  I've been with my cover band Don't Know Jack for 8 years as well as some solo cover work and a handful of original bands throughout my career.  I owned a recording studio for 4 years which then led me into live audio which is how I now make my living.  Currently I'm working as an in-house engineer for The Saint and as the Lead Production Tech for The Asbury Hotel while still working for myself as JTP Audio.  It's under this name that I get to do some of my favorite events like Art in the Park, Pork Roll Fest, and of course Soulsational.

How did you hear about Soulsational? What can we expect to see/hear at the festival, and what are you personally most looking forward to? 

I've been involved with Soulsational since the first event when I was helping with the poetry stage (I think I performed as well).  In 2014 and 2015 I was asked to emcee the main stage and make sure each band had a proper introduction.  Those years I was also lucky enough to perform on the main stage with the band I was in at the time.  2015, we actually used our status as headliners to make Soulsational our farewell show.  2016 and this year I now work as the sound tech for the pavilion stage. 

How can people connect with you online? Do you have a website? Are you on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, etc.? 

My live sound services can be found at jtpaudio.com.  If anyone wants to see me perform, you can check out dontknowjack.net and jasonportizo.com.

THE WILLIAMSBOY to Perform at Soulsational Festival (July 29, 2017)

On July 29th from 11am to 8pm, Soulsational Festival will be celebrating music and wellness for its 7th year at Veterans Park in Bayville, NJ.  This free community event will feature "live music, local health and wellness businesses and practitioners, giveaways, a silent auction, and lots of opportunities to give back and unite the Jersey Shore community."  One of the event's live music performers is singer-songwriter MATT (BILLY) WILLIAMS, also known as THE WILLIAMSBOY.  Enjoy this interview with him below: 

What's your name, where are you from, where are you based now, and what do you do? 

My name is Matt Williams, but I go by "Billy."  Some friends growing up nicknamed me that, so I prefer to be called Billy.  I'm from all over NJ -- Brick, Lakehurst, Silverton, Absecon, Ocean City -- but reside now in Burlington County, a mile off the Delaware River in a town called Riverside.  I spend my mornings working for a non-profit for the state, and at night I am a traveling singer-songwriter, performing for private parties, bars, wineries, boats, backyards etc... all while trying to save up some money to finish an album I'm currently working on.

What's your background? What would you like people to know about you & your work? 

I taught myself how to play the guitar by listening to the radio, and I have been doing music for over 20 years traveling all over the US.  At one point I was signed to a record label and decided that raising my two boys was more important than making it big in music.  I decided that being a father was more important.  So I get to still make music, and I'm present in my kids' lives.  I'm a normal guy who plays and sings guitar.  My collective works are really just songs that are stories about life.  They aren't popular but they are real and honest, and the people who tend to enjoy my music can relate.

How did you hear about Soulsational? What can we expect to see/hear at the festival, and what are you personally most looking forward to? 

I met Gina Marie out gigging, and we have kept in contact since.  She thought that Soulsational would be a great place for me to play and I was fortunate enough to be accepted to play last year and again this year.  I spent years in the Bayville area as my pops used to have a boat down at Good Luck Point Marina, so I spent summers there.  I love it there!  I guess what you can expect from me is good old fashioned acoustic music.  I will be performing some songs and hanging out all day to take in the amazing artists, vendors, food, and the cool community vibe Soulsational has!

How can people connect with you online? Do you have a website? Are you on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, etc.? 

I'm accessible via my website at http://www.williamsboy.com.  People can sign up for my mailing list to get a FREE 17 track album of all original music, and they can click the links on the website to follow all my social media goings on. 

SLIM CHANCE & THE GAMBLERS to Perform at Soulsational Festival (July 29, 2017)

On July 29th from 11am to 8pm, Soulsational Festival will be celebrating music and wellness for its 7th year at Veterans Park in Bayville, NJ.  This free community event will feature "live music, local health and wellness businesses and practitioners, giveaways, a silent auction, and lots of opportunities to give back and unite the Jersey Shore community." One of the event's live music acts will be "American Roadhouse-style rock 'n roll" band SLIM CHANCE & THE GAMBLERS.  Enjoy this interview with Mario "Slim Chance" Casella (Lead Vocals/Guitars), below: 

What's your name, where are you from, where are you based now, and what do you do? 

My name is Mario Casella, (Slim) of Slim Chance & The Gamblers.  I live in Brick, NJ.  I am a full-time musician.

What's your background? What would you like people to know about you & your work? 

I grew up in East Orange, NJ.  In 1970, I left home to play bass in a full time band called Gunnison Brook in Sunapee, NH.  The only other band in town was a band called Areosmith.  Of course we became good friends and played together often at local schools and festivals.

I moved to Boston around 1973 to study voice from Dante Pavoni.  In early '74, Aerosmith had an apartment on Commonwealth Ave and I used to visit regularly.  They would invite me to rehearsals and shows around Boston and at one point, Steve asked me to give Tom Hamilton a few bass lessons to help him along as he was still relatively new to the instrument at that time.

I came to NYC to record with G.B at Good Vibrations studio, home of the Fania All Stars. There I had an opportunity to meet some of the Icons of Latin Music and began to discover the beauty of world music. 

By '76 I found myself back in Jersey, this time living in Point Pleasant and playing the top NJ clubs with a band called Borzoi lead by Kim David and Cliff Nivison, formerly of the New York Rock Ensemble (Atco).

In 2010, I joined the Asbury legendary "Blackberry Blues Band" with George Meyer, Pamela Moore, David Meyers, and Jim Verdi.

I had my 2nd big writing spurt in 2010 and wrote over a 100 songs between then and now.  I needed a band to play some of them.  This is when I formed Slim Chance & The Gamblers.  The name derived from the truth.  Success in the entertainment biz is a Gamble.

We recorded our 1st self-titled album with Steve Jankowski at Jankland in Belmar and our 2nd album (Jackpot) with Gary Oleyar at Sonoma Sound in Clark.  The members are Eric Greene, Steve Murphy, Jimmy Grant, Randy Ledet, Johnny G. Reo, and Gary Oleyar.

How did you hear about Soulsational? What can we expect to see/hear at the festival, and what are you personally most looking forward to? 

Michelle Leonard and Gina Leigh reached out to me about the possibility of my band being part of this event.  Our style of music is American Roadhouse-style rock 'n roll.  I will be performing with PK Lavengood of John Eddie's band on guitar & vocals, Jimmy Grant on bass, and Steve Murphy on drums.  We'll play a mix of original music from our 1st two albums and covers by Thorogood, SRV, Skynyard, Traffic, Santos & Johnny, maybe Dylan.  There is a midwestern blues based flavor to our music.  Goes great with BBQ & Beer.

How can people connect with you online? Do you have a website? Are you on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, etc.? 

To connect with us online, you can find our music and a bio on Reverbnation.  Our music is available on Spotify, Pandora, Amazon, and Bongo Boy Records Vol #5.

MICHAEL SQUILLACE to Perform at Soulsational Festival (July 29, 2017)

On July 29th from 11am to 8pm, Soulsational Festival will be celebrating music and wellness for its 7th year at Veterans Park in Bayville, NJ.  This free community event will feature "live music, local health and wellness businesses and practitioners, giveaways, a silent auction, and lots of opportunities to give back and unite the Jersey Shore community." One of the event's performers is saxophone and clarinet player MICHAEL SQUILLACE.  Enjoy this interview with Michael, below: 

Photo by Evolution Images LLC

Photo by Evolution Images LLC

What's your name, where are you from, where are you based now, and what do you do? 

I am Michael Squillace, and I'm from Sayreville, NJ.  I am a freelance saxophone and clarinet player who is a member of Pepperwine, as well as playing with Jake Tavill & The Indigo Child Blues Band, The Real Jersey Gina, Nick Ryan, Taylor Tote, John DePalma, The Random Hubiak and more.  In addition, I frequently do studio work for a range of artists. 

What's your background? What would you like people to know about you & your work? 

I started playing sax in middle school, then picked up clarinet. Years of classical study with Dr. Paul Caruso followed, and with hard work I was able to frequently be first chair in regions and all state, as well as playing Carnegie Hall at the age of 16.  Over the years, I experimented in Jazz Fusion and basically every style under the sun. This led me to start playing with the range of artists and bands I do now.  I also teach private lessons on the side and run a large benefit to support cancer fighters called "Jammin for Jaclyn".

How did you hear about Soulsational? What can we expect to see/hear at the festival, and what are you personally most looking forward to? 

I heard about Soulsational through Gina Marie and word of mouth from various people in the music community who told me how great it was.  At this year’s Soulsational you can expect to hear some awesome original music from some local cats that won’t disappoint.  I open the show with my previously mentioned original band Pepperwine and continue through the day playing with Soulstock and Jo Marie and the Company.  I’m also excited about checking out the yoga and Reiki classes.

How can people connect with you online? Do you have a website? Are you on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, etc.? 

People can connect with me mainly on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SaxSkillz), but can also check out my website at www.michael-saxskillz-squillace.weebly as well as my Instagram (@michael_squillace) or Twitter (@msquillace90).  I also have a Soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/michael_squillace_saxskillz.

PEPPERWINE to Perform at Soulsational Festival (July 29, 2017)

On July 29th from 11am to 8pm, Soulsational Festival will be celebrating music and wellness for its 7th year at Veterans Park in Bayville, NJ.  This free community event will feature "live music, local health and wellness businesses and practitioners, giveaways, a silent auction, and lots of opportunities to give back and unite the Jersey Shore community." One of the bands that will be performing is soul/funk/groove band PEPPERWINE.  Enjoy this interview with Pepperwine's Kellie Shane (Keys/Vocals), below: 

What's your name, where are you from, where are you based now, and what do you do? 

Pepperwine.  We are all from New Jersey, and we consider ourselves to be based out of Belmar because that is where we rehearse.  However, all members live in different areas of the state.  We write original music that is soulful, funky, and groovy.  We play gigs all over NJ, PA, and NY.  You can check our full schedule at www.pepperwinegroove.com 

What's your background? What would you like people to know about you & your work? 

Pepperwine has been a band since 2012.  We started as a duo with me (Kellie) and Breece (guitar player) and have been with various members throughout the years.  We finally came upon the line up we have now and have been together for 2 years.  We've written a large volume of music since and continue to craft our sound and recently added a saxophone player! We have transformed over the years and are always growing. 

How did you hear about Soulsational? What can we expect to see/hear at the festival, and what are you personally most looking forward to? 

We have heard of Soulsational before in the past by seeing it on other local band websites, etc.  Always felt it looked like a really cool festival, and we are excited to be a part of this year.  You can expect a jam packed set of original music.  We have a mix of rock, groovy, and soulful songs to make you feel and funk to get your booty bouncing.  We keep it positive and upbeat and want our audience to have fun with us.  We are looking forward to the whole line up.  We are familiar with a lot of the acts on the main stage and all of them pack a punch - it's going to be fun to watch. 

How can people connect with you online? Do you have a website? Are you on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, etc.? 

Our website www.pepperwinegroove.com has it all.  There we have links to our music, videos, show schedule, pictures, past shows, everything.  Our Facebook is www.facebook.com/pepperwine and you can check us out on Instagram @pepperwine.  

Eat, Drink & Groove at Beat Street this June!

PRESS RELEASE 

Birth Announcement:

Jersey City’s Cool New Dining & Entertainment Hot Spot Opens June 22nd in the Powerhouse Arts District

Restaurant Launches with Fundraisers to Benefit Local Non-Profits:
Big Brothers Big Sisters & The Sharing Place Food Pantry

Left to right: Howard Brunner, Darryl Harmon, and KC Macias

Left to right: Howard Brunner, Darryl Harmon, and KC Macias

Entrepreneur and real estate dilettante Howard Brunner, nightlife impresario KC Macias and celebrated chef Darryl Harmon have teamed up to open Beat Street, a 100-seat restaurant, bar, lounge and performance space located inside Transmission, a nightlife brand located in the historic A&P warehouse at the intersection of Bay & Provost Streets in the revitalized Powerhouse Arts District (PAD) of Jersey City.  Brunner is the visionary Aussie ex-pat who originally built Transmission two years ago in the sprawling 5,000 square foot space.  He tapped Macias and Harmon to transform it into what he calls “an incredible multi-sensory experience — a gathering spot for locals where they can dine on delicious food and enjoy a variety of different genres of live music in a visually stimulating and welcoming environment.”  

 

About the Name

Beat Street is an homage to the 1984 classic hip-hop movie by the same name.  The film celebrated three aspects of life during the mid-1980s: breakdancing, DJ’ing and graffiti.  You’ll find snippets of all three art forms interwoven into the décor, ambiance and menu.  “We came up with that name because we’re authentically from that era,” explained Macias.  “We thought, wouldn’t it be cool to showcase top local street artists, street food and street music, but with a modern twist, and make it uniquely our own?”  The triumvirate has done so through the décor, the culinary creativity and the music.  “Really, the place defies all labels because, as our guests will see, it’s a juxtaposition of gritty street life with high-end touches that truly makes it a distinctive experience,” noted Brunner.

 

The Décor & Design

Art plays an integral role at Beat Street.  Macias handpicked Ivan Orama, a well-known New York City-based artist heralded for his portfolio of street art, canvas pieces, handmade furniture and murals, to recreate the feel of the 80s inside the restaurant.  Orama used the walls to create a graffiti-inspired black & white retro mural — the backdrop for the action in the dining area.  He has also constructed a Wu-Tang clan table, a replica of an old-school cassette tape that serves as a table. Orama’s work has been incorporated into designs by Adidas, Def Jam Records, the Hudson Hotel, WIP NYC Nightclub, GQ magazine and for filmmaker Spike Lee.  Orama recently designed the NYC studio of Grammy-award winning music producer Swizz Beatz.  “I’ll be incorporating images from that era — breakdancers, boom boxes and 80s fashion styles — to flow with the Beat Street theme,” he explained.  “My art is very direct and mentally interactive.  I hope people will enjoy it and love coming back to it.”

The restaurant has three distinct spaces: an opulent 15-seat bar where guests can sip locally brewed craft beers, international wines and artisan craft cocktails utilizing regionally-sourced spirits such as Dad’s Hat PA Rye, Bluecoat Gin and Lazy Eye vodka; a sexy lounge area with a grand piano is center stage, where guests can relax on teal and dark gray oversized mid-century style tufted high back wing chairs while enjoying cocktails and nibbling on small bites; and the dining room which features an elevated platform with banquettes and flooring that uses 100-year-old planks from the building’s original wood.  Unique details such as suede-clad light halos and table tops outlined by antique gilt gold frames round out the eclectic décor.  There will also be outdoor seating that wraps around the entirety of the expansive glass enclosed building.

 

The Menu

Brunner has tapped award-winning chef Darryl Harmon, who is the culinary talent and a consulting chef behind several NYC restaurant groups, to create what Harmon refers to as a menu ‘showcasing elevated street food.’  Prior to working in New York over the past decade, Harmon also served as Executive Chef at the legendary Water Works Restaurant in Philadelphia, and has cooked for numerous celebrities, professional athletes and heads of state.  “I’m excited to get real funky with the menu and seriously express myself,” he said.  The 40-year-old chef says “he’s excited to see guests’ reactions to the Beat Street menu.”  For example, Harmon took falafel and waffles, two common food truck items, merged them into one dish and put his personal spin on it.  What he conceived has been named the Rocka Falafel Waffle.  “Everyone offers falafel in and around New York.  I took a house made falafel mix, pressed it in a waffle iron to get that crispness, added mint frozen yogurt, Harissa infused syrup, Raita and micro borage for a sweet and savory treat.”

Lunchbox and Cafeteria Tray Frito Nachos are whimsical interpretations of Harmon’s childhood favorites, which will certainly ensure a trip down memory lane for many diners.  But the unexpectedness of the presentation is the show stopper.  Harmon’s Sloppy Joe, a school lunch staple, arrives wrapped in wax paper and tucked inside a custom designed lunchbox filled with sour cream & onion kettle chips, a house-cured pickle and a liquid nitrogen-powered root beer float.  “Each lunchbox is decorated with a different graffiti design,” said Harmon.  “Some diners might relive a time when they opened up their school lunchbox and found happiness in a delicious treat from mom or dad, which is a priceless memory.”  The Cafeteria Tray Frito Nachos might recoup additional childhood food memories: Fritos are adorned with chili con queso, smoked local corn, Jersey vine ripe tomatoes, jalapeño and spicy avocado mousse.  “It will be quite the surprise when that extra large bag of Fritos arrives at the table!” laughed Harmon.

Harmon, who grew up in the farmlands of Cumberland County in South Jersey also wanted to incorporate his Native American heritage (he’s part Lenape Indian) and Jersey roots into the menu.  In his Native Bison Tostadas, the base for the tostada is Native American fry bread (golden brown discs of deep-fried dough), topped with seared bison meat, smashed black bean pudding (popular in traditional Native American cuisine), Gem lettuce, Jersey heirloom tomatoes, Cotija snow cheese and lime-infused crema.  “This is the ‘original’ American food and we’re the only place to offer something like this in the region.  Once our guests taste it, it will change their paradigm regarding what one calls ‘Jersey cuisine,’” he said.  Other menu highlights include a Reverse Seared Tomahawk Steak (38 oz. rib eye served standing up, speckled with charcoal dust and pierced with a stone tomahawk) and Sous Vide Lobster Mac & Cheez-it — a sous vide-cooked 2lb. lobster served in a skillet with smoked paprika foam.  “The mac & cheese has Cheez-its sprinkled on top, and the empty Cheez-it bag is the serving vessel for the dish.  The entrée is rolled out on an ice cream street cart.  Serving it will be quite a show.”  Harmon said the menu will be divided into three sections: Lil Bites, S’medium (“a reference to back in the day when many pants were labeled small-medium”) and Biggie Bites (a nod to the late beloved rapper Biggie Smalls).  Menu prices range from $10 to $60.  While they won’t be doing any breakdancing, the servers will be wearing Adidas track pants, Beat Street logo t-shirts, and a variety of hats from the period.  The menu design presents a collage of boom boxes reminiscent of the bygone era. 

 

The Vibe

The person charged with concept development, entertainment and setting the vibe for Beat Street is KC Macias, who is known for staging elaborate international events and parties from Mexico to Miami, LA and Las Vegas.  As head of Appanage Hospitality Group, Macias has orchestrated exclusive experiences at the Gansevoort, for Super Bowl XLVIII and has worked with countless entertainers including Kevin Hart, Jay Z, Sean Paul, Pitbull, The Roots, Busta Rhymes and a host of celebrity DJs. His vision is to bring eclectic, engaging live music to life inside Beat Street, encompassing all genres from rap to jazz to bluegrass and Cuban salsa.  “I’m talking about raw, street music, including salsa you would hear in the streets of Havana, and jazz that you’d hear off of Bourbon Street” he explained. At the same time, we want to make Beat Street welcoming and comfortable, like you’re in your living room being entertained, but in a cool way.  That’s why we have the funky furniture and art.  Instead of a chef’s table, Macias, who’s collaborated with famous DJs such as Samantha Bronson and the late DJ AM, came up with a "DJ's table" in the dining area that seats six.  Music lovers will be seated up on the platform next to the DJ booth just inches away from the musical action to observe the mix master of the evening spinning and scratching on the turntable.  Macias said each night of the week will feature a different style of music: Tuesday-jazz; Wednesday-retro funk and classic hip hop; Thursday-Cuban salsa; Friday-Prince and classic 90s; and Saturday-Brazilian/Ibiza/house.

“With Beat Street, Darryl and KC have tapped Transmission’s spirit, bringing the establishment to maturity,” mused Brunner.  “I am beyond excited! The original sense of decadence that Transmission exuded is now complimented by seriously delicious, ultra-creative menu offerings and a salute to the culture that has extensively influenced today’s music, fashions and lifestyle.  There is absolutely no place like it.”

Beat Street at Transmission will launch with two events, which will benefit local non-profits.  On Wednesday, June 14th a stand-up cocktail party will feature several live music acts, passed hors d’oeuvres and open bar during a “Sneak Peak Open House” benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters.  The restaurant officially opens to the public on Thursday, June 22nd with a “Pay What You Want” fundraiser with all proceeds from the evening benefitting The Sharing Place Food Pantry at St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Beat Street will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. for Happy Hour, dinner and live entertainment.  The restaurant, bar and lounge is located at 150 Bay Street, Jersey City, NJ.  To learn more, visit http://www.beatstreetjerseycity.com/.

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CONTACT:
Lena Vanier
Vice President
Peter Breslow Consulting & Public Relations
Phone: 610.529.2929
Web: www.PeterBreslow.com

2017 Downtown After Sundown Live Music Concert Series Returns for the 8th Year to South Orange, North Jersey

By Gregory Burrus | Posted Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Downtown After Sundown Live Music Concert Series returns for the 8th year.  Downtown After Sundown presents four concerts every weekend - May through September - and the performers range from local South Orange / Maplewood performers to musicians from Greater Essex County, New Jersey and beyond.

Live Music Concerts

We surveyed our audiences and the bands, and based on combined feedback we are making several changes this year to improve our audience’s enjoyment. 

This year many more bands applied, requiring a more intense curation process.  We selected bands based on past performance attendance, ability to generate bigger audiences, along with ability to drive increased audience engagement.

We added the concept of themed engagements during a weekend based on criteria such a sponsor’s need, music genre, holiday, or at a band’s suggestion.

Jazz On Sloan

Jazz On Sloan Street - With Jazz being such a huge component of our programs and our community, we have created a Jazz-only location at the corner of Sloan Street and South Orange Ave.  It’s now called Jazz On Sloan Street where we will highlight some of the best Jazz Talent in North Jersey.

Rocking Spiotta Park

Rocking Spiotta Park – Here, it doesn’t matter the music genre - be it Soul, Country, R&B, Blues, etc. - it will be Rocking in Spiotta Park.  This location is at the corner of Village Plaza and South Orange Ave.  Spiotta is a small intimate park that has the feel and the space of a mini festival site, so this year, when needed, we will create an environment that creates even more fun for the audience.

Theme Nights

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Themed Events - We will have themed events, especially if the band wants us to help devise something unique.  We will have themed purpose nights such as Doggie Night, Line Dancing, Caribbean or maybe a Karaoke night.  That’s right, bring your dog, come jam with a band or sing along while hearing the band, enjoy downtown, and of course have some fun.   

The Bands

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Marketing the Bands – This year we need the bands to spread the word of their performance via their social media pages, mailing list, etc.  For 2017, we are providing new marketing materials, going live during performances and developing new around-town billboards.  We will also take photos and small video snippets at each performance.  All of us will hopefully use our new hashtags, #dasso, #dasjos and #dasrsp to check in to each location.  "Like" a location, then check-in while Rocking Spiotta Park or while listening to Jazz On Sloan, or both.  These promotional tactics will make it easier for us to continue to grow the series, to increase the audiences and attract more sponsors.

We are all ready for a great new Downtown After Sundown Season for 2017.  Hopefully you are, too.  We are ready for everyone to come on out and have a great time.

About the Author

Gregory Burrus – Downtown After Sundown

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Gregory Burrus is a supporter of local businesses, community events, jazz, blues musicians and local art exhibitions. On a regular basis, Gregory Burrus is promoter and manager of Downtown After Sundown Live Music Concerts for South Orange, NJ.

Gregory promotes events through social media marketing, writing articles, blogging and photo journalism.  Having fun living life while helping others.

 

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